Supermarket hours and freebies for NHS workers

Bec Horner

Bec Horner

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Supermarket hours and freebies for NHS workers

The workers at the NHS are risking their lives for us.

We must acknowledge this and adhere to some very simple rules.

  • We must stay at home, except for the most essential requirements (food and medicine) and self exercise at a distance.
  • We must regularly wash our hands thoroughly.
  • We must stop stockpiling food, so there is food on the shelves for them and their families.

There are now various supportive offers to NHS workers coming into place, which it feels right to share.

Some supermarkets are doing NHS-only hours country wide, some York take aways are offering discounts and free food for hospital staff, and one local boarding kennel is even offering to look after your pet for free.

Here is a round up details we have seen (correct at time of going to press):


Tesco:  From this Sunday, and every following Sunday, all Tesco stores (except Express stores) will prioritise a 9am browsing hour for NHS workers before checkouts open. 

Morrisons:  Introducing an NHS hour at all their stores at the beginning of every day, Monday to Saturday from 7am to 8am and a Morrisons colleague will be on the door to let staff with an NHS badge in

Asda: Prioritising NHS workers in larger stores every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am to 9am

Aldi & Lidl: Have both introduced a 4 item per shopper rule, which means their shelves are generally stocked

Sainsburys: NHS & Social Care workers priority –  Monday – Saturday 07.30am – 8.00am


Need your pet looking after? Snowlandia boarding kennels in York are offering NHS workers free board for their dog or cat.


50% off Drakes Fish and Chips: Offering 50% off NHS for orders over £30. They will deliver between 6-9p to the York Hospital Phone: 01904 624788 Email: Facebook:

Free food from Jaipur Spice, Haxby Road: A free basic food package from Jaipur Spice, Haxby Road containing Onion Bhajis, Chicken or Vegetable Biryani, Poppodoms. You must present valid ID.

Blue Fin Fish & Chips: 50% off orders with a valid NHS ID Call 01904705896 Email:

Fisherman’s Wife, Bishopthorpe Road – Fish and chips for £ 1 with ID Call: 01904 634114

Buongiorno Bistro, Acomb: 25% discount off orders with a valid NHS ID

Mrs Greedys, Burtonstone Lane: Free food for NHS workers


Millers Cash and Carry, Dunnington: Drive through Cash and Carry for NHS Workers and Key workers Tuesday and Thursday 4pm – 9pm Call:   01904 655368 – Derwent Valley Estate, Common Road, Dunnington, York, YO19 5PD

York Wholesale Meats: Open 5:30pm and 7:30pm on Wednesday the 25th of March ONLY TO NHS STAFF, POLICE OFFICERS, FIRE SERVICE AND ALL KEY WORKERS. York Business Park, Poppleton


FREE BIKES and REPAIRS for NHS STAFF 162 Bikes available for NHS staff. Free repairs, parts and labour included. Just turn up with your bike and NHS card or contact us to arrange an appointment. Recycle York, Walmgate. Call 01904 848141


York Hospital has just announced that as of today there will be free parking at the hospital for all staff and they will be introducing one free meal a day.


Thanks to Chelle Holmes of York Community Action for some of this collated information.


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